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Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course Documents

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Issues and Progress in Transforming a Middle-division Classical Mechanics/Math Methods Course 

written by Steven J. Pollock, Rachel E. Pepper, and Alysia D. Marino

The physics department at the University of Colorado, Boulder has recently begun the transformation of its Classical Mechanics/Math Methods course, a middle-division course taken primarily by sophomore physics majors. We discuss the process of course transformation, including holding faculty meetings to create consensus learning goals and a conceptual diagnostic, and adopting, adapting and creating course materials and structures. We also report preliminary observations of student learning gains, student attitudes towards the transformation, and common student difficulties with the course material. We also discuss ongoing plans for the course transformation.

Published February 6, 2012
Last Modified April 25, 2012

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